||1878-S $2 1/2 MS64 NGC. Low production of quarter eagles since 1861 resulted in a large output in 1878, when the Philadelphia and San Francisco mints combined for more than 450,000 pieces struck. The San Francisco Mint share was 178,000 pieces, making this example one of the more available dates for branch mint enthusiasts. A bold strike on the motifs complements the yellow-gold patina. Peach overtones appear on both sides of this minimally marked, near-Gem coin. Just three pieces are numerically finer at NGC (8/14). Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $1997.50. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.